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How to Display IP Address As Host Name

November 2nd, 2011 1 comment

In business network settings, network administrators manage a large number of devices, like laptops, desktops, printers, switches and routers and they all have IP and MAC addresses. When we use a network analyzer to monitor the network traffic on the network, we can see lots of IP and MAC addresses. These addresses, however, aren’t friendly to read so we’d like to show their host names or give them labels.

In Capsa we use Name Table to do this job for us. With name table we can not only label IP addresses but also MAC addresses and we can delete, export or reload the address items there. We can right-click on an IP address or MAC address and we see Add to name table in context menu.

On the dialog box we can give the IP (or MAC) address and alias, also we can choose a color for it. If we don’t know the host name, we can click Resolve address to automatically look up its host name. Then click OK to save the input.

Now back to Capsa and we can see the address is already replaced by the name alias we just created. The Add to name table function is applicable to any item on Node Explorer and all other views except Summary, Protocol and Report views.

If we need upgrade or reinstall Capsa, we can use Export function to back up the name items. Click Name Table icon on the ribbon, and click Export button to save the name table file. Then after installation or upgrade we can use the Import function to reload the name items back to the system.


How to Find MAC Address with Colasoft MAC Scanner and More

May 12th, 2009 9 comments
Colasoft MAC Scanner Screenshot

Colasoft MAC Scanner Screenshot

In computer networking, a Media Access Control address (MAC address) is a unique identifier assigned to most network adapters or network interface cards (NICs) by the manufacturer for identification, and used in the Media Access Control protocol sublayer. If assigned by the manufacturer, a MAC address usually encodes the manufacturer’s registered identification number. It may also be known as an Ethernet Hardware Address (EHA), hardware address, adapter address, or physical address.

Since a MAC Address is unique for most network adapters or network interface cards (NICs), it is important for IT administrators to know all the MAC addresses in LAN so as to quickly locate a network device when a network issue arises. Luckily we have tools to help us out. Let’s see how we can easily find MAC address in LAN with Colasoft MAC Scanner.

Colasoft MAC Scanner is a Free software to find MAC address and IP address. It can automatically detect all subnets according to the IP addresses configured on multiple NICs of a machine and find MAC addresses and IP addresses of defined subnets as your need. Users can custom own scan process by specifying the subsequent threads.

Step 1. Download Colasoft MAC Scanner

Step2. Install Colasoft MAC Scanner

The installation of Colasoft MAC Scanner is quick and easy, it is suggested to install Colasoft MAC Scanner on a laptop as it only scans and finds MAC addresses and IP addresses in the subnet to which the laptop is connected.

Step3. Start a Scan

It’s easy and quick, just press the start button, the Colasoft MAC Scanner will scan and find MAC addresses and IP addresses in the subnet and list them out. The results can be “copy and paste” or exported for future reference.

Now the problem is: if a LAN is divided into several subnets, we’ll have to move the laptop around and scan each subnet in order to find all MAC addresses and IP addresses. Then what’s the solution?

Find MAC Address and IP Address with Colasoft Packet Sniffer

Colasoft Packet Sniffer allows us to find MAC addresses and IP addresses both local and remote in the network as long as there is network communication initiated.

Find MAC Address in Colasoft Packet Sniffer

Find MAC Address in Colasoft Packet Sniffer

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